Choral services

Sung prayer has been offered in Westminster Abbey nearly every day for over a thousand years. Today, services are sung daily during term time by the world-renowned Choir of Westminster Abbey, and by visiting choirs when the Abbey Choir is in recess.

The music sung ranges from Gregorian chant dating from the first millennium to contemporary music and encompasses the remarkable richness and variety of the Anglican choral tradition.

This week's choral services

22nd - 28th January 2023
Sunday, 22nd January 2023
Third Sunday of Epiphany
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
10.00am Matins St Margaret's
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Clemens non Papa Magi veniunt ab oriente
Smith Responses
Gibbons Benedictus (Short Service)
Bach Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 555

Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE Dean of Westminster

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11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Vierne Messe solennelle
Duruflé Ubi caritas et amor
Messiaen Dans le Verbe était la Vie et la Vie était la Lumière (Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité)

Preacher: The Reverend Robert Latham Sacrist

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3.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Clemens non Papa Magi veniunt ab oriente
Smith Responses
Jackson in G
Poulenc Videntes stellam
Howells Rhapsody in E flat minor

Preacher: The Venerable Tricia Hillas Canon in Residence

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Monday, 23rd January 2023
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choristers

Vaughan Williams The Call
plainsong Responses
Sumsion in G
Haydn Benedictus

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Tuesday, 24th January 2023
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, teacher of the faith, 1622
5.00pm First Evensong of the Conversion of St Paul Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
Rose Responses
Murrill in E
Vaughan Williams Antiphon

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Thursday, 26th January 2023
St Timothy and St Titus, companions of St Paul
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey; attended by the Deputy High Commissioner for Australia

Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
Rose Responses
Wise in E flat
Purcell O God, thou art my God

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Friday, 27th January 2023
The Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1945
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
Rose Responses
Hooper Short Service
Frances-Hoad A Blessing

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Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge. Security checks are in place upon entry.